Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
This is a follow up to my last post. My look back at 2008 was quite long; I had a lot to say, particularly as the situation with Israel and Hamas was developing. It has now escalated further and I’ve been extremely disturbed by the violence and the scenes coming out of Gaza.
The civilian deaths yesterday were some of the worst I have seen and have been weighing heavily on my mind today. I’ve been reading through several of my collections of quotes about war and peace and I thought I would share some of my favourites. It is my plea for peace to both sides.
Feel free to share a favourite quote or any you think are appropriate. Let’s hope the violence ends soon. It has cost too much already.
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I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, “Mother, what was war?”
~ Eve Merriam
Peace is not the absence of conflict but the presence of creative alternatives for responding to conflict – alternatives to passive or aggressive responses, alternatives to violence.
~ Dorothy Thompson
Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
~ Jawaharlal Nehru
As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.
~ Oscar Wilde
Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence, confidence, and justice.
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
~ John F. Kennedy
You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
~ Albert Einstein
True power is when we have every justification to kill, and don’t.
~ Oscar Schindler
I do not want the peace which passeth understanding, I want the understanding which bringeth peace.
~ Helen Keller
We have war when at least one of the parties to a conflict wants something more than it wants peace.
~ Jeane Kirkpatrick
I have seen war. I have seen war on land and sea. I have seen blood running from the wounded. I have seen the dead in the mud. I have seen cities destroyed. I have seen children starving. I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.
~ Franklin Roosevelt
We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
~ William E. Gladstone